It’s a Scrappy Blog Hop For the New Year!

Last month I was totally honored to be asked to participate in today’s Scrapbook Steals Blog Hop.  They were going to be featuring page design templates from Kiwi Lane Design Borders and, since I had never tried them out before, I thought it would be a blast to give it a go.  Especially since I knew I would have all my new Spring Catalog goodies to play with too!  The awesome thing is that these templates can be used with anything you have in your stash, so use them on old – new- thick – or thin!

Well, I have 3 projects for you today and hopefully you will get some new ideas for trying out border templates as well as catch a glimpse of some new Spring catalog (and Sale-a-Bration sneak peek!) items in my samples. Smile

1.  The 12×12 Scrapbook Page

You may not think much of using a template for a 12×12 layout, but the neat (at least to me) part is that the templates I was given to use are the “Madison Avenue mini” templates, which means they are only 8” long!

What is a 12×12 purist to do??

Well, after careful investigation of my templates, I discovered that two of them fit together seamlessly to give me a 16” curve to do with as I pleased!

extending kiwi lane templates

So I found an interesting curve line, used Post-it notes to tack down the templates, and traced away!  I decided to cut out the vintage-y flower pattern from the Twitterpated designer paper… and what you can’t tell at all because of how I ended up placing my pictures, is that the curve lines exactly match at the top and the bottom of my page.  I meant to do more with that but the matting for the photos got too big.  Oops!

I loved the line though, and so I decided to ruffle some ribbon, following the curve at the top of the page.  To achieve the look, I just ran some tape along the same path as the template that I used to trim my paper.
TIP – If you are going to do this, you really want to use Sticky Strip / red backed double sided tape.  I tried using my ATG for the adhesive thinking that was really strong but in less than a week, the ruffles were popping up and off the page.  So go for the tough stuff!!  Go redline/Sticky Strip!

(psst – this may be one of the free ribbons coming available during sale-a-bration. ;)).

And since I wanted to do some journalling but thought a straight edged rectangle would look wrong in my curvy layout… I grabbed one of the templates I used for the top of the page and used the curve to cut my journalling block.

using kld templates for journaling 

Psst – check out more SAB sneak peeks!  (Button, stamps, punch!)

2.  An 8×8 Layout

Since my templates were the mini version and 8” long, I decided “what the hey!” and figured I’d put together an 8×8 page.  The curvy lines made me totally think of hills and so I thought it would be perfect for a park picture of my daughter Caitlin from this summer.

I couldn’t decide where to do my journalling so I, again, went with the whimsy and wrote it out following the curves of my hills.

And if you are curious, the background paper and the sun are all created out of the new Tea for Two designer series paper.  The circle that is the middle of the sun is an element on one of the patterns, so I just cut out two circles and chopped one up into wedges – pizza style – to make the sun’s rays.  I LOVE how it turned out!

3.  A Card with Masking

Finally, I wanted to break out of the scrapbooking shell and use my templates in a totally different way.  Since sets contain “A” and “B” pieces that are just a rectangle with the patterned line cut through the middle, that means you can just slide your A and B sides a little apart and make a cool area for masking!

I did my masking on grid paper so I could slide the templates down the same amount each time so I could make my own background pattern.

masking with KLD templates

And speaking of backgrounds, can I share that this card was totally inspired by my 2012 Stampin’ Up! convention bag sitting on the floor across from me?  Smile  Can you see the similarities?



So, my projects are simple compared to some of the amazing scrapbooking layouts you will see with these templates, but I love how easy they make a touch of whimsy in my projects!  I will also admit that I get a lot of my scrapbooking ideas from Scrapbook Steal’s weekly MidWeek Mojo sketch challenges; but I didn’t realize how much mojo you can get from stacking and playing with these templates that give you lots of fun shapes and curves to work with!

Alright! So I’ve shared a lot with you today and I hope you enjoyed them!

Please, leave me a comment and let me know what you think of my projects and first foray into designing with border templates!  Plus, Scrapbook Steals will be giving away a $20 gift certificate to one lucky commenter from across all of the blog hop sites.

And now, check out some of the other awesome ideas shared by some SUPER TALENTED ladies!  Thanks again, Kerys, for the invitation and the chance to participate in the blog hop this month!

Go hop and be inspired!

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12×12 Scrapbook Page Supplies
Pretty Petites (SAB), Ciao Baby, You’re Amazing

Ink: Basic Grey, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Versamark
Paper: Twitterpated designer series paper, First Edition specialty dsp, Basic Grey cs, Whisper White cs, Calypso Coral cs
Accessories: Sycamore Street ribbons & button pack (SAB), Petite curly label punch (SAB), Natural Trim ribbon, heat gun, white embossing powder, embossing buddy, glue dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Madison Ave mini Kiwi Lane Design border templates

8×8 Scrapbook Page Supplies
Lucky Limeade ink pad & marker (for journaling)

Paper: Tea for Two designer series paper, Lucky Limeade cs, Melon Mambo cs, Basic Grey cs
Accessories: Bitty Punch Pack, adhesive pearls, Sticky Strip, corner rounder punch, sponge dauber, Madison Ave mini Kiwi Lane Design border templates

Convention Bag Card Supplies
Made For You

Ink: Basic Grey, Summer Starfruit
Paper: Whisper White cs, Vellum cs, Summer Starfruit cs
Accessories: Two-Tone Ribbon (Basic Grey/Basic Black), adhesive rhinestones, glue dots, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Madison Ave mini Kiwi Lane Design border templates

79 Comments on It’s a Scrappy Blog Hop For the New Year!

  1. Lanette
    January 4, 2013 at 8:04 am (3 years ago)

    Great projects! Love what you dd with your Kiwi Designs :)

  2. Lindsey
    January 4, 2013 at 8:08 am (3 years ago)

    I love the unique ideas you came up with.

  3. Andrea E.
    January 4, 2013 at 8:09 am (3 years ago)

    A fellow NW scrapper! I love how the ribbon traced the shape and that card inspired by the bag…wonderful!

  4. Deborah Johnson
    January 4, 2013 at 8:10 am (3 years ago)

    Jennifer – you did a great job of de-mysifying those 8″ templates for me! I have several 8″ templates and I just really think that I could do a 12 x 12 page – you totally knocked it out of the park!

  5. Kerys
    January 4, 2013 at 8:12 am (3 years ago)

    This is awesome Jennifer! I love the layouts and how you adapted an 8″ template for a 12×12 layout! And such a great idea to use them for masking!!! Thank you so much for being a part of this blog hop! :-)

  6. rochelle Spears
    January 4, 2013 at 8:18 am (3 years ago)

    Love all the ways you used the templates! I have to get these templates!!!

  7. Jen C.
    January 4, 2013 at 8:20 am (3 years ago)

    Love the card! I’ll have to give masking a shot with my KL templates.

  8. Audery L.
    January 4, 2013 at 8:30 am (3 years ago)

    Great projects…and three of them! I love the card. It is simple but elegant.

  9. Amber S
    January 4, 2013 at 8:35 am (3 years ago)

    Wow, you created so many projects! I love the photos of Caitlin staring out the window. So cute!!

  10. Kelly M
    January 4, 2013 at 8:38 am (3 years ago)

    Love the way you used your templates for your card, great projects!

  11. Lissa
    January 4, 2013 at 8:46 am (3 years ago)

    Love these idea – thank you for the inspiration!

  12. olesya K
    January 4, 2013 at 8:48 am (3 years ago)

    love the masking technique! and the little girl is totally adorably cute!

  13. Kristy Lee
    January 4, 2013 at 9:08 am (3 years ago)

    Love it! Especially loving that card! You should post on our Kiwi Facebook fan page for everyone to ooooh and ahhh over!

    LOVE IT!

  14. Lisa
    January 4, 2013 at 9:10 am (3 years ago)

    I love what you did with the masking. Clever idea, never thought of using these like that!

  15. floresgarden
    January 4, 2013 at 9:17 am (3 years ago)

    the card was too cute. i love the ribbon!

  16. Staci Jones
    January 4, 2013 at 9:32 am (3 years ago)

    Love the layouts, but I totally love that card! you did a fantastic job with the templates.

  17. Stephanie U
    January 4, 2013 at 10:00 am (3 years ago)

    Amazing projects Jennifer! I love how you used the 8in template on the 12×12 layout!

  18. kathy/NorthCarolina
    January 4, 2013 at 10:00 am (3 years ago)

    Wow…ingenious use of these nifty borders. It’s nice to see how to use them.

  19. Betsy B.
    January 4, 2013 at 10:19 am (3 years ago)

    I love the card!!

  20. Erica Bass
    January 4, 2013 at 10:23 am (3 years ago)

    Great tips. I especially love the masked card.

  21. Valerie Martin
    January 4, 2013 at 10:26 am (3 years ago)

    You layouts are all unique and different. I love that! Thanks for sharing! 😉

  22. Brandy C.
    January 4, 2013 at 10:36 am (3 years ago)

    I like the ribbon accent. Your card is so cute.

  23. Jessica A
    January 4, 2013 at 10:53 am (3 years ago)

    You totally rocked the templates! And I love using my accessories for masking, but never thought to use the borders. Excellent!!

  24. Monica
    January 4, 2013 at 11:03 am (3 years ago)

    Like your day in the park page and also how you used your bag for inspiration!

  25. Rine Bake
    January 4, 2013 at 11:07 am (3 years ago)

    Love your idea of putting the templates to get a longer one. I will have to use that next time I scrapbook. I also liked how you used it for masking, so creative! Cute 8×8 layout!

  26. Donna P.
    January 4, 2013 at 12:02 pm (3 years ago)

    Love the use of the 8″ template and how you find your inspiration LOL . I have used paper towel designs before, the layout from your Stamp’n Up bag was a great idea. Thanks fr sharing

  27. Julie Ann
    January 4, 2013 at 12:03 pm (3 years ago)

    I had never thought of trying to match up the templates! Great idea!

    Also I love how you made grass look on the day at the park layout. Awesome!

  28. rhonda
    January 4, 2013 at 12:23 pm (3 years ago)

    love the inspiration

  29. Charity Becker
    January 4, 2013 at 12:38 pm (3 years ago)

    Jennifer, your projects are fabulous, and that BABY is so adorable I could just eat her up!!! Glad you were a stop on this hop. :)

  30. Denise Parcells
    January 4, 2013 at 1:04 pm (3 years ago)

    I have the mini and 12″ size of most of the templates and I’ve never thought to combine them like you have or use them for a journaling block, either! Love seeing other people use products outside of the box when I wouldn’t think to do it…helps to teach me that you aren’t limited by the size of the item! Great layout, too!

  31. Abigail Stoops
    January 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm (3 years ago)

    How clever to put two templates together!

  32. Anonymous
    January 4, 2013 at 1:12 pm (3 years ago)

    Great projects. The 12×12 is just so cute. Thanks for the how-tos.

    • Shelley
      January 4, 2013 at 1:14 pm (3 years ago)

      Oops forgot to leave my name. 😛

  33. kassandra lepage missen
    January 4, 2013 at 1:52 pm (3 years ago)

    love everything you did!!

  34. Barb in AK
    January 4, 2013 at 1:59 pm (3 years ago)

    YOU are amazing! I love the gathered ribbon–and thanks for the tip! I’m sure I’ll be that idea and needed to know what adhesive works best :-)

  35. Marisa T.
    January 4, 2013 at 2:11 pm (3 years ago)

    I must say the masking you did is amazing. Also using the curve as a journaling area is just genius!

  36. Dana Holman
    January 4, 2013 at 2:43 pm (3 years ago)

    Such cute ideas!! Love your blog!

  37. Julie Koets
    January 4, 2013 at 3:22 pm (3 years ago)

    Great job Jennifer! I love how you combined the small templates for a larger page!

  38. Brandee Sheldrake
    January 4, 2013 at 3:30 pm (3 years ago)

    Well now I haven’t thought about masking or the ribbon…great ideas!

  39. Joy Hager
    January 4, 2013 at 3:58 pm (3 years ago)

    Very lovely projects!

  40. LINDA M
    January 4, 2013 at 4:13 pm (3 years ago)

    Love being able to use the 8 inch templates on the 12×12 layouts.

  41. Jennifer Charles
    January 4, 2013 at 4:14 pm (3 years ago)

    That baby is so darned cute I barely noticed the lo! LOL. I do love the yellow card though. Super creative :)

  42. Abbey C
    January 4, 2013 at 4:47 pm (3 years ago)

    Love the ribbon ruffle. So cute!

  43. Tracy P
    January 4, 2013 at 5:21 pm (3 years ago)

    I love your use of the templates…especially the masking card-Fabulous!

  44. Mary Anne
    January 4, 2013 at 6:15 pm (3 years ago)

    Never realized you could put the minis together like that! Hmmmm….

  45. Cathy
    January 4, 2013 at 6:26 pm (3 years ago)

    Your layouts are so cute. I really love the bag inspired Thank you note.

  46. Michele Duffy
    January 4, 2013 at 7:09 pm (3 years ago)

    You really did a fab job with this post today, I learned a lot! You know, you could use washi tape to hold down the templates too… the ones you don’t like so much, of course!

  47. Sheila_G
    January 4, 2013 at 7:43 pm (3 years ago)

    Love what you did with your LO’s. Lots of inspiration here. Thx.

  48. Cyndee K.
    January 4, 2013 at 7:47 pm (3 years ago)

    What sweet projects! Love all your uses of the templates.

  49. Cindy B
    January 4, 2013 at 8:27 pm (3 years ago)

    I think you did a great job on all three projects. I am normally a 12 x 12 layout gal and loved how you made the kiwi lane borders work for it.

  50. HeatherC
    January 4, 2013 at 8:47 pm (3 years ago)

    Gorgeous projects. I love that chevron card!!

  51. sewzallsquirrels
    January 4, 2013 at 8:58 pm (3 years ago)

    Thanks for the tips on how you adapted these for use.
    I immediately thought that using these as masks was the way to go.

  52. Michelle King
    January 4, 2013 at 9:55 pm (3 years ago)

    Love what you did…I really need to try out some of the templates.

  53. Monica applegate
    January 4, 2013 at 10:19 pm (3 years ago)

    Love what you did with your layouts, and I love the card.

  54. Cathryn Hanson
    January 4, 2013 at 11:27 pm (3 years ago)

    So many fun projects!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  55. Julie O
    January 5, 2013 at 4:12 am (3 years ago)

    Great projects! I especially love the card!

  56. Heidi may
    January 5, 2013 at 5:47 am (3 years ago)

    These are great projects. I love the card that is inspired by the purse and the little glimpses into the SAB.

  57. Cathy Caines
    January 5, 2013 at 10:11 am (3 years ago)

    Very clever to tape the two templates together!

  58. Roxanne
    January 5, 2013 at 6:25 pm (3 years ago)

    Very pretty!! (I like your SU bag too!!! :)

  59. Vanessa McPherson
    January 5, 2013 at 7:59 pm (3 years ago)

    I love the journaling on your layouts!

  60. Gail O.
    January 5, 2013 at 8:07 pm (3 years ago)

    Beautiful projects!! Love, love, LOVE the card! Thanks for sharing!

  61. Kelly
    January 6, 2013 at 7:37 am (3 years ago)

    Beautiful projects! Thanks for the inspiration!

  62. Karen W.
    January 6, 2013 at 8:45 am (3 years ago)

    Fun projects! Love the masking!

  63. Stephanie G
    January 6, 2013 at 9:42 am (3 years ago)

    I like the masking technique.

  64. Alma Dirpaul
    January 6, 2013 at 10:13 am (3 years ago)

    Great ideas. Hope to use some of them.

  65. tanya
    January 6, 2013 at 10:52 am (3 years ago)

    Great ideas. Love how you used the 8″ templates for a 12″ page. Gonna have to try that!

  66. Vanessa
    January 6, 2013 at 1:08 pm (3 years ago)

    I love the Day at the Park page! So cute, I also love the journaling aspect of it, too.

  67. Helen
    January 6, 2013 at 2:49 pm (3 years ago)

    Gorgeous ideas!

  68. Kristy MacKeen
    January 6, 2013 at 3:24 pm (3 years ago)

    Perfect projects! I love how you made the 16″ curve and then journaling card.

    Kristy M

  69. Kristy MacKeen
    January 6, 2013 at 3:25 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh, and the ribbon curve too. Love it!

  70. Penny
    January 6, 2013 at 4:58 pm (3 years ago)

    I love the thank you card!

  71. Heather Gray
    January 6, 2013 at 5:38 pm (3 years ago)

    You rocked the kiwi lane templates!! Your LO’s are amazing!! And the card is stunning as well!

  72. Amy Williams
    January 6, 2013 at 6:13 pm (3 years ago)

    Love your layouts… especially the ribbon following the curve! And the masked card is perfect! Fabulous!

  73. Kari
    January 6, 2013 at 7:58 pm (3 years ago)

    Love how you followed the wave pattern from your kiwi lane with ribbon! I’m always looking for ways to use ribbon on my pages.

  74. Kimberli
    January 6, 2013 at 9:15 pm (3 years ago)

    Great projects, I love seeing the versatility of these templates – gives me even more reason to decide that I NEED them!

  75. Dawn
    January 6, 2013 at 9:35 pm (3 years ago)

    Love your ideas!

  76. lisa
    January 7, 2013 at 10:35 am (3 years ago)

    I love your projects:)


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